The Newest Books to Get You Exercising, Eating Better and Feeling Happier

Reading may seem like a luxury, but the simple act does way more than you might think. It can slow the rate of memory loss in older adults, help you relate better to others and teach you about different cultures or topics. So which book to read? Why not dive into one that tackles the one subject on everyone’s mind this month: how to be healthier. Pick up one of these titles and soon you’ll be learning new recipes, kick-starting a workout plan and improving your mood.

The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness by Dr. Frank Lipman
In this book, Lipman lists 175 steps you can take to be as healthy as possible. You’ll learn ways you can sleep better, why it’s so important to expose yourself to sunlight and how to boost the good bacteria in your gut—all through simple actions you can fit into your day.

8 Minute Meditation Expanded: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life. by Victor Davich
Much has been said about the benefits of meditation, but the ancient relaxation practice is still intimidating to most people. This book breaks down that barrier by showing you how you can squeeze it into even the busiest day.

The Biggest Loser Bootcamp: The 8-Week Get-Real, Get-Results Weight-Loss Program
Fans of the show will love this brand new book featuring workouts by trainer Dolvett Quince. You’ll also get an eating plan, motivational lessons and daily guides, so there’s no guesswork about what you should be doing.

Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less by Jessica Fisher
If you think it costs way too much to eat healthy foods, you must read this book. You’ll learn there’s no need to order pizza or hit the drive-through just to save some money because each dinner feeds four people for 10 dollars. Plus the recipes sound delicious, including ones for chicken kabobs with mint-yogurt sauce, Cajun shrimp and sausage rice and more.

My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours by Melissa Gilbert
This book may not be full of the healthiest recipes, but it still might help you get inspired to spend some time in the kitchen. Gilbert, who starred in Little House on the Prairie, compiled this cookbook full of recipes for prairie dishes like pot roast, corn bread and apple pie. Another reason to buy it: Gilbert is now a proud Michigan resident, living with her family in Howell (her husband is from East Lansing).

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